Girls' Lacrosse: CdM forced to share

Loss at Beckman means Sea Kings and Patriots will most likely be co-PCL champions, as playoffs loom next week.

April 28, 2014|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Kacie Kline takes a shot, as Beckman's Luna Tsujimoto attempts to block her during a Pacific Coast League game on Monday.
Corona del Mar High's Kacie Kline takes a shot, as… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

IRVINE — The day after many of the players on the Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team returned from the three-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival, they had a huge Pacific Coast League game against Beckman.

The festival was much more fun for the Sea Kings than the game at the Patriots' field Monday.

CdM stayed competitive for most of the contest, but at the end the goals dried up, just like the festival grounds in the desert in Indio.

The resulting 13-9 Beckman victory means that CdM is most likely denied its first outright league title in program history. Instead, the Sea Kings (13-4, 8-1 in league) appear destined to share the league title with Beckman (12-4, 8-1) for the second time in three years. It will happen if both teams avoid upsets in their final league games Thursday, CdM at Northwood and Beckman at home against Woodbridge.

CdM Coach Aly Simons, whose team was scoreless in the final 11 minutes of Monday's contest, saw plenty for the Sea Kings to work on before the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs begin next week.


"We didn't play our game," Simons said. "We didn't get the draw controls, and our defense was playing safe, they weren't playing aggressive. When we did play aggressive, we were getting foul calls. Our offense wasn't playing their game, which is a lot of passing and a lot of threat. In general, we were just playing a safer version, and that doesn't work for us against good teams. It was a combination of a lot of things."

Sabrina Smith and Paige Nelson each scored three goals to lead CdM, and Smith also had five draw controls. CdM took a 7-6 halftime lead, but Beckman started controlling more and more of the draws as the second half went on.

CdM took its final lead of the game midway through the second half, as Kendall Mulvaney found Kacie Kline on a precision pass in front of the net for a 10-9 advantage. It was the only goal for Kline, CdM's leading scorer on the year. Simons said that Kline, who had a goal and an assist but averages more than five goals per game for CdM, was battling sickness.

The Patriots showed they had the firepower at the end. They tied the score just 26 seconds later on Luna Tsujimoto's goal of the contest, and took the lead for good with 8:16 left when Michaela Kyte scored off a free position shot.

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